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October 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all my friends in Illinois! Boo!

Metadata should be public, according to AZ court

So many nuggets of information to be mined...


Excerpts from an AP article of October 29, 2009:


Hidden data embedded in electronic public records must be disclosed under Arizona's public records law, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a groundbreaking ruling that attracted interest from media and government organizations.

Metadata can show how and when a document was created or revised and by whom. The information isn't visible when a document is printed on paper nor does it appear on screen in normal settings.

Condolences to Lyle Dean

Please join me in offering condolences to Lyle Dean, a past president of INBA, whose wife Sharon passed away Wednesday.  Many of you have met her, and will have fond memories.

Visitation is next Friday, Nov. 6, 4-8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Brook Church in Northbrook.  The funeral is Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m., also at Our Lady of the Brook.

Thank you,



What Kind of Journalist Are You?

So...I think I'm a Digital.  What are you???  (This would be a good survey, although it was designed for print folks.)

New Model for Reporting?

This is something that's already started with news outlets sharing stories.  I'll be interested to see how these work out.

Exit Polling

From the Associated Press

Prosecutors ask for J students' grades, records, e-mails

Northwestern University's Medill Innocence Project is in a standoff with Cook County prosecutors
Journalism students who won new hearing for man in prison are asked by state's attorney's office to turn over notes, interview recordings and information on the students
By Jeff Long
Tribune reporter
October 19, 2009

After spending three years investigating the conviction of a Harvey man accused of killing a security guard with a shotgun blast in 1978, journalism students at Northwestern University say they have uncovered new evidence that proves his innocence.

Their efforts helped win a new day in court for Anthony McKinney, who has spent 31 years in prison for the slaying. But as they prepare for that crucial hearing, prosecutors seem to have focused on the students and teacher who led the investigation for the school's internationally acclaimed Medill Innocence Project.

WQPT license to move to WIU?

Some of you may know already know this, but Black Hawk College in Moline and WIU have been discussing transferring the license for WQPT (PBS) from BHC to WIU. It appears both college boards have now approved the transfer and documents are starting to be prepared for the FCC. I don't know what this will mean for the staff at WQPT, I do know BHC has made some cuts in staff at the station. Quad Cities Online (Argus/Rock Island Dispatch Newspapers) has a little more information.

Prompter Changes in D. C.

From the Washington Post (Abridged)...

The day's news may soon rest in the hands -- and quite possibly on the feet -- of newscasters at WTTG, Channel 5, in Washington.

In a bid to save money, the station is planning to reassign the technicians who operate the electronic prompters that feed scripted news copy to the anchors while they're on the air. Instead, the station wants its anchors to do the job themselves.

WTTG, known as Fox5, intends to train its newscasters to operate prompters using a series of hand levers and foot pedals, all while they're reading the news as it scrolls by.

Some at the station worry that such a roll-your-own system could increase the potential for on-camera blunders, as anchors fumble for the right spot in their scripts. They also say that viewers may notice some awkward cranking and pumping beneath the anchor desk.

Oregon TV photographer becomes the story

A photographer shooting weather video is assaulted by a man.  You can see both the raw video and the way the station handled the story on air.  It appears it was the lead story.  Is this worthy of a news story and if so, what placement should it be given?